The Pope granted an audience granted to EU Environment Ministers2015-09-16
Today, Pope Francis has received Minister of Environment Kęstutis Trečiokas and other Environment Ministers of the European Union in the Vatican. During the audience, the Pope spoke about the necessity to stop climate change and environmental degradation.
Greeting the EU Environment Ministers, the Pope thanked for their particularly important contribution in protecting the environment in the recent years. According to the Pope, the environment is a collective heritage of all humanity, and each of us is responsible for it.
In his speech, the Pope emphasised the importance of cooperation and solidarity in combating adverse environmental changes and poverty because the poor are most vulnerable to environmental degradation. The Pope talked about the need to keep the balance between trade and its impact on ecology and ensure the proportionate use of natural resources. He also stressed the importance of participation and involvement of all stakeholders at all levels into the decision-making process.
The Pope invited the Environment Ministers to combine their forces and intensify their work in preparing for the international summit scheduled to be held in Paris at the end of this month, in which the states will have to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, and voiced his support as Head of the Catholic Church.
Public Information Division
16 September 2015